San Francisco Bay Area seems to amaze me when I discover hidden talent right in our backyard. Local designers from the Bay Area are brewing with the most creative and amazing designs that I have seen in a long time. With that being said, one local designer that I had the privilege of meeting not only wowed me with her designs, but also caught my attention on how she is using her background to support women’s health. Ladies and gentleman, the talented designer I am referring to would be Camilla Olson.
I recently found Camilla as I was notified of a luncheon and trunk show of her collection taking place at the Four Seasons Hotel Palo Alto. I was immediately intrigued with the pieces that I saw from her website and was certainly excited to see the craftsmanship in person. I visited the designer at her private boutique in Palo Alto, CA and got to see first hand where the magic is made. I must say that when I first laid eyes on her collection hanging from the rack, I knew the material, the colors, the print, were impeccable quality.
The combination of bright, neutral to dark colors makes for a perfect mixture for Fall/Winter. I have to say, almost each piece felt like butter!
The braided detail on the trim of this open jacket adds a perfect touch, yet leaves the jacket simple and elegant.
The colorful silk scarves include Camilla’s custom signature print.
The wool pencil skirt with cage detail certainly makes “attention to detail” Camilla’s best quality in her collection
When I sat down with Camilla, I learned that her background wasn’t always in fashion, however, she had a career in the medical field. She knew how to sew growing up but never thought about making a career with it. That was until her daughter showed interest in the fashion world and they both visited fashion private schools from San Francisco to New York to see which school would work best for her daughter. That’s when attending the orientation for Academy of Art University sparked the stylish light bulb within Camilla and opened her love for designing, creating and masterminding her collection. Her path of creativity lead to bringing her Identity Collection to the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week to showcase her Spring/Summer 2011 line.
In addition to meeting the creative designer in person, I also attended the luncheon and trunk show hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel in Palo Alto inside their Quattro restaurant. With Camilla having a background in the medical world, she is also a strong supporter of women’s health, therefore a portion of the proceeds from the luncheon went to Stanford Hospital’s Women’s Health.
We were served a 3 course lunch.
Of course, we had to try the mimosas!
Rosemary focaccia bread, toasted parmesan with sun dried tomato spread to start off. This was absolutely delicious!
The Jota Soup was decadent, hearty and most certainly flavorful.
The Local White Sturgeon was immaculate. I’m not a huge fan of beets, however the combination of yellow beets finely chopped, roasted tomatoes, and mushroom tartare gave the dense yet delicious sturgeon such an amazing flavor with each bite.
Camilla Olson Trunk Show
Signature caging details the pencil skirt and blouse.
Camilla’s signature print flows on this beautiful top and scarf paired with the trousers.
Black Cage blouse, scarf and trousers make for an elegant night out look.
Cropped Trench accessorized with the signature print scarf is a must have for this Fall/Winter season.
The beautiful hand woven Identity Jacket is one of my favorites from her collection.
The red cage blouse worn with black trousers.
The black cage Identity jacket was seen at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Pieces from Camilla Olson’s collection can be seen in the lobby at the hotel.
A huge thank you and bravo to Quattro & the Four Seasons Hotel Palo Alto for putting on an afternoon of food & fashion!
For more information on Camilla Olson, please visit her website at www.camillaolson.com
For information on the Four Seasons Hotel Palo Alto, please visit their website at www.fourseasons.com/siliconvalley/